Student Success is our shared mission
The Virtual Learning Centre has been offering Ontario Secondary School students a wide range of flexible, and well designed high school courses since 1997.
The VLC offers students a full range of learning opportunities powered by the latest online technologies available.
A partner with the Ministry of Education and eLearning Ontario, our aim is to provide a full range of courses available to students anywhere.
We are committed to setting very high standards for distance learning and know that the student-teacher interaction is key to student success. For this reason, we encourage all of our students to attend web meetings, and to adhere to the course schedule and all due dates. This level of rigor builds a strong work ethic and forges a classroom and school community thereby preparing our students for post-secondary studies.
For more information please review the FAQ section on our website.
If you need further help feel free to drop us a line:
or call us at 705-328-2925 (Monday to Friday, 8:00 – 4:00 EST)
Open School Ontario
For a flexible, self paced, less interactive online education, see our companion program OpenSchool Ontario
We will offer only civics and careers (both grade 10) this summer and course applications are now being accepted. Summer school runs from July 4 – 28. The 28th is the fixed exam date and no alternative dates are permitted.
Midterm grades are centrally loaded on April 25th. We are hoping to get report cards in the mail before the end of April. Students in senior courses that wish to drop a course need to do so no later than May 9th (non-disclosure date).
We are now accepting applications for the fall semester. Students are encouraged to choose carefully and choose early to ensure they get the courses they need. Summer school applications will be accepted in the coming weeks but we will likely only offer civics and careers this summer.
All of our courses are taught by highly qualified Ontario teachers who understand how to blend the power of synchronous, streamed communication with the flexibility of static, anywhere-anytime course content. Students succeed in our program and our attrition rates (under 20%) demonstrate that our program works for most learners.
How are online courses taught?
When you register for an online course within the Virtual Learning Centre, you will be provided with login information such as a username and id. You will also receive an Internet address (URL) to your course. When you login for the first time, an introductory message from your teacher will greet you. This message will outline the course content and describe how the course will be delivered and what is required of you. Although all of the Virtual Learning Centre’s online courses look the same, your teacher is ultimately in charge of how the course will run.
Who teaches the online courses?
Certified teachers who are employed within the Trillium Lakelands District School Board deliver online course material for the Virtual Learning Centre. Each teacher receives training and support so that they are comfortable with the online approach to both teaching and learning.
Will I benefit from online courses?
In most cases, this form of course delivery works well. Obvious prerequisites include motivation, computer familiarity, and the ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Remember, though, that although there is daily contact with others in the class, there may not be any face to face meetings. For students with some learning styles, taking online courses may not be an appropriate choice.
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